At last night’s meeting with state officials in Tarrytown, someone handed me this flier that apparently has been circulating among residents.
The new group is called New York Residents Against New Tappan Zee or NYRANTZ, and it plans to launch a petition. But some of the claims on the flier are false. For example, the group says the Federal Transportation Department refused $2 billion requested by the state because the TZ is not a top priority. Not true. The Obama Administration has named the new TZ Bridge project for fast-tracking. NY didn’t get the loan it applied for because Congress still has to approve a bill that would put more money into that loan program.
It also asserts that “restoring the current bridge is our most affordable option,” but state officials have said current maintenance on the bridge costs $50 million a year.